Thursday, June 30, 2011

8 lines that would have ended Star Wars real fast...

royalpython:


[8 lines that would have ended Star Wars real fast]



Sorry I didn't post yesterday I was at a TV show taping in Hollywood.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

impromptu book reviews(maximum ride, harry potter, inkheart, the search for wondla)

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Normal People have really cool titles for their book reviews. Well so do I. Because "impromptu" and "review" rhyme. They do! They do!
This review is impromptu because I had no intention of actually reviewing the books at the time I was reading them. Also, I'm not going to be real fancy divvying up the review into different sections with a ratings system and everything. I'll just tell you my lasting impressions of the books at the time.
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 Maximum Ride is a series of young adult science fiction and fantasy novels by American author James Patterson. The series chronicles the lives of six fugitive kids – Max, Fang, Iggy, Gasman, Nudge, and Angel – known collectively as the Flock. Bred in a laboratory called the School, they endured scientific experiments that rendered them 98% human and 2% avian. They spend the first two books running from the scientists who created them while trying to discover their destiny to save the world, etc.
My obsessions take time to grow. Usually, I'm hooked around the third book or so(which is why it takes me a while to develop obsessions, and why I rarely develop obsessions on sagas with only one or two books). 
Let me tell you I have NEVER become enraptured with a book as I was with Maximum Ride. 

One reason it's hard for me to review books I like is because to review a book, I had to keep a separate head at the time I was reading it. 
And it's hard to keep a separate head during these books. The narration style is fantasticly amazingly awesome. I fell in love with Max's steady, sarcastic, witty, hilarious voice. The character development took a while, but it picked up during the second book
. I enjoyed the touching scene in the church. This series also is refreshingly good about keeping things clean with language and so(it starts to falter a bit in School.)
Maximum Ride is a really good example of a story where the story's voice makes the novel. In an interview with a HarperCollins editor, she said that a story could have any plot as long as the narration and characters were strong. It's true, in James Patterson's case.It could a story about vampires, mermaids, supermodels, whatever, I'd be hooked as long as Max was narrating it.

These books are addicting. They latch onto your brain and stay there. Don't read them if you have anything important to do that day.
This series is constantly harped as a video game in book form, and it's true to some degree. At times, taking the readers on a thrill ride seems more important than developing characters and telling a meaningful story. It's the literary equivalent of a big, creamy milkshake. Not particularly deep/meaningful, but it's fun and you look back fondly afterward.

Think The Boxcar Children or The Mysterious Benedict Society with wings, guns, and big explosions.



You probably know what this series is about already.

I read this book(and the Chamber of Secrets) recently. I'm not at obsession stage yet but I probably will be. These books are everything they're cracked up to be, charming and original. The narration is funny,  The world of wizards and Muggles is seamless and exciting, and I can't wait to get The Prisoner of Azkaban next!

The first two at least, are pretty much in the style of a mystery.  And they're pretty suspenseful, twisty and turny, too!

From a Christian perspective-Yes, these books(obviously) have magic and all that in them. So far, they haven't been that dark or scary(I've heard it gets worse though.) If you're interested, I can honestly say that you wouldn't trip up if you read these books. They're moderately suspenseful/scary/dramaful, but so far nothing more than what you can reasonably expect from kid/young adult books.




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 Inkheart follows the adventures of a 12-year-old girl named Meggie Folchart whose life changes dramatically when she discovers that her father, a bookbinder named Mortimer (Mo), has an unusual ability; when he reads aloud, he can bring characters and items from books into the real world. When Meggie was three years old, Mo read a book called Inkheart aloud to her mother. In an instant, Meggie's mother (and two cats) vanished into the Inkworld and three men from the novel (two of whom are murderous villains) entered into the real world. Nine years later, these men have come back into their lives and Meggie's and Mo's lives will never be the same. 

The book design is even more beautiful in person. However, out of the 40+ books I've read this year, Inkheart was definitely my least favorite. I've heard so much good buzz about it(and the movie). "Ahhh! I love Inkheart! I was totally obsessed, ahh." Let's say I was disappointed.

Inkheart was an example of one of those books which have so much potential, but failed to deliver. The narration was okay, but the book had the feeling of taking itself too seriously. I found most of the characters(except for Elinor and Dustfinger) uninteresting, unsympathetic and semi-motivated. There seemed to be new characters every couple chapters.

The real killer was the pace. Inkheart, honestly, could have been half as long and told the same story. It dragged, and dragged, and dragged, up to a pretty anticlimactic ending.

This book had a really good idea and lots of potential. Maybe it's just me...everyone else seemed to like it enough.



Eva Nine had never seen the actual sun before, or walked outdoors. In fact, she had never even seen another living person in all twelve years of her life. That changes when a marauding huntsman destroys her underground home and sends her fleeing for her life. She is desperate to find someone else who is like her, and a single clue gives her hope: a crumbling picture of a girl, a robot, an adult, and the word "WondLa". 

 Don't let the book's length fool you. One look at the large font and the plethora of illustrations inside, and you'll know you're looking at a children's book. Like, for ten-year-olds. 

But this book is surprisingly good. The plot sounds simple enough, but Mr. DiTerlizzi hones an unique science fiction feel that's strangely haunting, in a way. Like Artemis Fowl, you'll never find another children's book like WondLa on the market.

The weird thing about WondLa is that it looks like it should be another cliched children sci/fi fantasy book(and that was what I was expecting) but it isn't. Somehow, the fantasy-world setting is strangely entrancing. The characters feel real. The stark writing feels honest. And the end is strangely touching.

The plot is rather simple, though. Girl wakes up in strange world. Girl schleps around getting acquainted with strange world. Girl looks for something with help of a couple friends. Girl gets chased by Bad Guy. Bad Guy is defeated. Girl finds the something(or does she?).

The End.
 
And for a simple plot, it takes up a lot of pages.  The book has four parts(the illustrations probably take up a lot of room.) It did feel dragged on in some parts. And true to its look, there aren't really any suspenseful parts or parts that latch onto you. Think of it as floating relaxingly down a long lazy river.
 

Monday, June 27, 2011

yes, I AM a princess, why do you ask?(becoming God's princess part 1)

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Remember when I had those survey thingys? This is what they were in preparation for.
When I say "princess", what do you think of? Knowing my blog audience, I would say most of you think of Princess Leia. Others will think of floaty dresses, others sparkly tiaras or jewelry. 
The world has long had a fascination with royalty and princesses. We write stories. We make movies. We get up at 1 in the morning to watch them get married on television.

But did you know you are a princess?
If you are a Christian girl, whether you like it or not, then you are a princess. You are a princess with far more possibility and potential and importance than most of the princesses in stories and in real life. Because your father, your king, rules over the whole world and earth. He made everything from the smallest cell to the biggest planet in the solar system. You would think he would be very busy and important, far too busy to notice people like you or me where the only thing we make is messes.

But he knows your name! Out of everybody on the planet, and all the planets in the galaxy, and all the galaxies in the universe, he knows you, one messed up, imperfect speck on a whole planet of other messed up, imperfect specks. He knows what you want and what makes you cry. He knows more about you than you know about yourself.

And he loves you.

A lot of people, a lot of princesses, don't care or take very much notice of that powerful sentence. They plod along in life, thinking "Yeah, Jesus loves me this I know, blah blah blah. I'm a princess, whatever, uh-huh."

That's not what's supposed to happen. Being a princess should rock your world. And that's what these posts are designed to help you do.
So what does being God's princess mean? Think about princesses in general.

From their birth, all princesses know they're not like everybody else. They live in a huge castle while the rest of the common people live in their little houses. Everyone knows their name.

But the biggest difference is their purpose.

While the other people in the kingdom grow up to be shoemakers or whatever, princesses are taught from the beginning that they are set aside.
They have a special purpose in life! They have a  lot of responsibility, and they spend their lives preparing for it. Taking lessons, observing officials, helping with business sometimes, these all help princesses prepare for the day when they will rule the kingdom(Or not, it depends. It's still important.)
We're all kind of like that. From the day we are born again into The King's family, we're set aside for a special purpose and a special time. We live to prepare ourselves(and others) for the day when The King will come back and rule the kingdom again. 

A lot of us have forgotten that. We've forgotten that we're any different from the people around us. Instead of remembering that we've been set apart from this world and it's values, we've been caught and dragged down right with them. Instead of keeping our eyes on the coming kingdom and listening to our father, we've been distracted by the temptations the world offers, the ones that seem so much better than whatever He has to offer us. For now.

Here are the posts in the series. Their titles might change, and they will be spread apart between other posts.

Post #2-The problem with "Me".(The biggest problem in the world)
Post #3-A Princess's Heart(romance, etc.)
Post #4-A Princess's Mind(media)
Post #5-A Princess's Body(modesty)
Post #6-Why Feminism is Skeevy(title soon to be changed)
Post #7-Staying God's Princess till the King returns.

This series is dedicated to Padme/Endor/Moelle. (She knows who she is). When I think of the ultimate God's princess, I think of her. I've been greatly inspired by her efforts to stay princessly in a world that isn't. I'm sad she's closing down her blog. 

Google "becoming God's princess", click on "Images", and the very first picture is a picture of her. I'm dead serious. Try it.

Hope you enjoy the posts.



Saturday, June 25, 2011

I have my dance recital today.

My studio's recital policy is annoying. My studio is huge and crowded so everything is expensive. Our costumes cost $88 each, recital tickets cost like $18 dollars and you don't even get to watch any recitals unless you buy a ticket. Our studio has six recitals, but each class only performs once.  So I know nothing of this "multiple performance per class" business.

But even if you choose to opt out of the recitals, you're pretty much screwed because we work on the recital routine for several months beforehand and you'll be bored the whole class. And you can't drop out of the classes because most classes fill up and if you drop out there's a good chance you won't be getting back in.

Ergh.I love performing in the recitals though. Which is kind of the point I guess. Wish me luck.

@Abby-Everyone in your studio wears tights all the time? Ooh.






Friday, June 24, 2011

Dance vid

eosI'm sort of addicted to watching other dancers on youtube. It's fun! Even if it makes you envious. :P

Here are some of my favorites:

This little girl is one of the stars of our studio. She's like in all the performing groups and advanced classes.

I don't know this girl, but I love this acro dance:



And this acro duet.


Yes, this is my form of procrastination, why do you ask?


Everyone says I should post more about my life, but I really don't have one. :p I go on the computer. And read. And go to swim team. And dance. And write. And now, I edit Qui's novel. I go to church. I sleep. I listen to music.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I post a random picture of boots I found on the internet...(reading update)

and I get more comments than all my other posts usually get, even though those have my actual WRITING on them. Good thing I blog for myself. XD Just kidding. I love you all, really.

I'll post later but right now I am waiting for Qui to pick her editor. (crosses fingers) It would be fun to work with Qui on her story because usually people aren't serious about their stories and never make it past the fourth chapter. Not to mention that they don't make the changes I suggest.
 
This year, so far I have read 40 books(not counting rereads from this year). My goal this year is 100.


These include:
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society series
  •  2 Republic Commando books
  • The Percy Jackson and the Olympian series
  • The Dark Nest Trilogy
  • Esperanza Rising
  • The Septimus Heap series
  • Frankenstein
  • Every Young Woman's Battle
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Omen
  • The Artemis Fowl series(except the last one)
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • 2 How to Train Your Dragon books
  • Inkheart
  • Lessons from San Quentin
  • Maximum Ride
  • Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever
  • Leprechauns, Unicorns, and Mark Kurrian.
  • Vortex
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
I haven't been reading that many Star Wars books this year, because I read most of them already. :P Last year I read almost ONLY Star Wars books. So this year I have a break.

Darth Vader Goes To Disneyland (aka the best ad ever)
Darth Vader goes to disneyland.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

God's Plan

                    



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God's plan for my  life is one of the perks of being a Christian. It's great because it means that I have an assured future of awesomeness, as long as I follow his plan.

But there are times when I don't know if I want God's plan for my life. I seem so boring, average, and unawesome. There are times when I'm almost completely sure that God's plan for my life is equally boring, average, and unawesome. I know lots of people who are much smarter, prettier, funnier, than I am.  
 
I know lots of people who definitely are on their way to accomplishing something GREAT for God. Surely God must be putting more money on them than on me to accomplish something. I'm never the best at anything. Sometimes I'm sure God probably has a plan to put me somewhere where I can't do any damage while the REAL Christians do all the amazing stuff, like make lame people walk again, etc.
 
 And God's plan means I have to sacrifice my own plan for his. This is hard, because I KNOW my own plan, and I don't know God's. Every morning when I wake up, I say "God, I want to follow your plan today." Which is great and all.

Except when God's plans don't match mine.

God's plan might mean that-

I won't become a famous accomplished dancer.
I won't be famous and invent something to save the world.
I won't be a famous author and write something that will last long after I am gone.
I won't be famous, rich, renowned, or anything other than what God wants me to be.
 
But what could God want me to be that's possibly better than that above^ list?
 
A lot of people follow God's plan and never become famous and rich. 

Maybe...I guess that being famous and rich isn't everything.
 
Some people who are famous and rich-
...have never read Artemis Fowl and don't even like to read
...have never watched Star Wars
...have never been on a camping trip with Girl Scouts
...have never visited The Lakehouse
...have never had an IMing session with Leia and JC
...have never had that caffeinated rush of accomplishment after finishing a NaNoWriMo novel
...have never written a blog post or follower-war with people.
...have never done a double pirouette
...have never been hugged by a little kid.

And some people who AREN'T famous and rich:
...are happy right where they are and wouldn't want to be

God has a plan for me. And it's perfect. And it's better than anything I(or anyone else, for that matter) could have thought up for myself. 

I can't wait to find out what it is.
 




Monday, June 20, 2011

I'm procrastinating.

..on thinkgeek.com.

And polyvore.




Dolce Vita 'Donner' Boot
Oh mah goodness Ahsoka boots I have found you.




Saturday, June 18, 2011

*all the better to hear you with, my dear*

Elf Ear Plastic Surgery
 
You have your tattoos, you have your nose rings, and then you have your elf ears. Ear pointing surgery, using a method that cuts the ear and resews it, is on the rise. The motivation being, ostensibly, that you'll resemble your favorite LOTR or Star Trek character.
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When I first heard about "ear pointing surgery", I was just as disgusted and horrified as many of you are now. After all, this surgery costs a large amount of money($400-$500 USD), is completely irreversible, and has the potential to get infected or otherwise and destroy the ear completely.

The surgery involves cutting the outer part of the ear and sewing it back together into a point. There is a large amount of pain involved and patients must wear tape to hold their ear together for 2 weeks+ after the surgery


Then I started reading books with elves in them......

I confess to having thought "Hey! these would be cool. I would stand out, anyhow."

In my fantasy dreamworld, I might consider getting this done. but plastic surgery is plastic surgery, and I guess God made me with ol' round ears so I may as well stick with it. Plus, pain isn't my thing. Also, I might get mistaken for a (heaven forbid) trekkie!


*heehee* this reminds me of when (spoilers) Opal Koboi(Artemis Fowl), a pixie,  undergoes similar surgery to have her ears rounded.

What do you think?

PS. I read Maximum Read. In two hours. I couldn't put it down. That amazing. I can't wait for the next one. James Patterson is certainly a talented author.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Taylor Swift+survey question

I used to be addicted to pop music and would listen to the radio on my ipod almost every waking second of the day. Then I got sorta tired of it. The radio would play the same songs, and tunes that were catchy soon became annoying.  Also, the songs were all starting to sound the same, and they were all about romance and betrayal etc. etc.


But Taylor Swift is one of the artists who I didn't get tired of.(Should it be whom?) Her music sort of transcends genres, but I have met people who didn't like her songs. But seriously. Her music has really heartfelt, simple, and honest words combined with lyrical, catchy melodies. Her songs are majorly like open and honest. And her voice is really pretty too.

This is one of my favorite songs right now.


And this one makes me (sniff) cry.


Do you like Taylor Swift?

Survey question:
How much do you think the music you listen to and the movies/TV shows you watch affect you?

 


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Writing

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I'm trying to think of some new writing ideas to try this summer. I've completely given up on my NaNoWriMo novel. It was written while I was still heavily influenced by Star Wars and it fails. I want to write something original and hopefully fantasy.

I heard publishers are looking for ?????? mermaid stories for the next paranormal/fantasy genre. We've done vampires, werewolves, wizards, elves, witches, leprechauns, half-bloods, and mermaids are one of the few relatively untouched genres. So I was thinking about that, but it's kinda weird. I might try it though.

It might end up like Artemis Fowl though.

I also wanted to try this science fiction thing where this world is just an experiment/prototype for another world but the "new" world went terribly wrong and now it's up to the people from the "prototype" world to save it? Anyone with me? Anyone?

I also wanted to write a historical fiction about the medieval crusades, but that might take a lot of research, etc. and I really wanted to try fantasty again.

This is why so few books ever get written...sigh.

What are your writing inspirations?


Monday, June 13, 2011

IT'S OFFICIALLY SUMMER

hahaha finished my last final today booyah it's going to be awesome.


Tessa Emily Hall just did a great post on how to use your time productively during the summer. I love to try new things during the summer! The new thing this summer is sailing camp-two weeks! I'm also planning to practice piano more, do more photography, do more writing(Writing? what's that?), dance, and study my SAT book. derp derp.


I don't watch TV or play video games, so I'll have even more time!
But for now I am spending my time watching Artemis Fowl  videos on Youtube and fangirling.
What are you planning to do this summer?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I would love to do another inspiring picture post

..but I'm afraid of getting another virus if I dare go on weheartit. My dad is a computer guy, so he fixes all of our viruses, but it makes him really annoyed.


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What shall I post about today?

So yesterday I had my piano recital. I tell you I get really nervous, riiight? And guess what! Before, I wasn't as nervous as I usually was because of all your sweet comments. But I still got really nervous and kinda stumbled through my piece. It was actually pretty bad. >.> and I've been playing piano for like like 8 years now....and I'm still mediocre, perhaps on the bad side of mediocre.

Two of the senior students were in the recital yesterday too. These girls are really really good, and I've been seeing them in the recitals for several years now. The first one is named Gloria Yen, and she won a lot of money from playing piano and got to play piano with an orchestra and in Poland. The second one is named Christine Lin, and she, Gloria, and a violinist named Tiffany Huang won a statewide competition last year and got to play in Carnegie Hall.

Like I've said, I've been seeing Gloria and Christine in recitals for several years. Everyone always remembers Gloria because she goes last, and always plays really intensely with a lot of emotion and movement. It's like lightning striking the piano when she plays. She also plays the cello.

Here's a video of her piano trio with Christine and Tiffany. I saw her perform this piece at the recital.

She's on the cello. In the blue.
Here's a picture of her actually playing piano. Come to think of it, she played this in a recital before too.



She's like my piano idol. XD But I really need to get over my stage fright and I'll be a lot closer. She completed the Certificate of Merit advanced level in fifth grade.You don't realize the significance of this. I'm taking this level next year, and I am nowhere near fifth grade. And I'm actually young for this level.

So while we were getting food at the reception after the recital, I worked up the nerve to talk to her. I was like
"Congratulations!"
and she was like "ahaha yeah..."
Me: "I've been in your recitals for a while, and I always like how you play with a lot of expression. You look like you're having so much fun!"
Gloria: "Ha ha yeah, I try. I try!"
(silence while we get more food.)
Me: "What was it like at Carnegie Hall?"
Gloria: "It was nice..but kinda weird cause I had my cello."
Me: "I always have problems with being nervous. You never look nervous! Do you get nervous?"(gosh, I sound dumb.
Gloria: "Everyone gets nervous! I just remember that I'm playing for myself. I play for myself!"
Me: (smile)..heehee

I should have said more, like "Good Luck!" or "Thank you!" or "OHMIGOSH CAN WE TRADE LIVES FOR A WHILE?" or something like that.


(sigh.) She's not pursuing a music degree. She's majoring in Psychology at UC Berkeley next school year.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

be CONFIDENT

rjfa;al;y....I have a piano recital in like two hours.
I've been having them twice a year since I was six...


and it doesn't get any better.

Be CONFIDENT Amaranthine! You've been practicing and you know your piece..besides, what can happen........


augh augh it doesn't make sense to be so nervous.
what CAN happen? I could:
1. forget my piece(done that)
2. forget how to start my piece(done that)

3. ummmm have the roof fall on me.










SOMEONE TELL ME WHY I GET SO NERVOUS AND MAKE IT STOP

I feel like the world will be all sunshiny and summery after my recital. Like recital is like ruining my saturday.

What's going to happen?
No one's going to hate me if I mess up(they won't even remember me, most likely.) I don't even know like anybody there.

Being afraid is bad! And it's even worse when you don't really know what you're afraid of. I shouldn't be afraid/nervous/dreadful. I should like playing piano. It's why I still do it.

but WHY do we have these dastardly recitals....ergh. This post makes no sense.
Pray for me.

<3333


Friday, June 10, 2011

Summer Reading

I know there are some of you who would rather swallow swords than read during your summer. And that's okay. (Well, it's NOT okay, but I don't feel like ranting right now.)

Anyways:

For those needing inspiration: my recommendations on what to read this summer.

Now, I'm going to sound like a fashion magazine and say that the new trend this season(at least on Amaranthine Forever) is...Narration!

All the books I'm going to recommend today have a common factor, and that is witty, effortless, fast paced, often hilarious narration. Narration is sometimes overlooked as a major factor in writing. Sometimes it seems so forced and dry, it squashes brilliant characters and amazing settings.

So. Narration. Let's go.

Topping the list:
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The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.
Rick Riordan

This first-person narrated series is one of the best series out there. There are five of them(the last one isn't pictured) and they are very popular among kids and teens. They're easy reads and marketed on the younger side of the teen market, but the sarcastic narration and setting is worth it.  Plus-the second book in the spinoff series of this(The Heroes of Olympus) is coming out in October! So you'll be in the loop. :) Fantasy lovers will love this.

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Artemis Fowl series(books 1-7)
Eoin Colfer
You knew this was coming. Come on! Eoin Colfer is considered one of the most brilliant authors alive, and this series is simply stunning. I must have(counts on fingers)..eight Artemis Fowl books upstairs in my room. The narration is fantastically funny, and the characters are so real and endearing they jump right off the page and live lives of their own. The plot wildly jumps from continent to continent, and even forwards and back in time. This is a great place for non-fans of Science Fiction to jump in.


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The Mysterious Benedict Society series(1-3)
Trenton Lee Stewart

This series is a sweet, classic series that wavers on the edge of science fiction. The narration is suspenseful and the characters, though flat at times, will drag you in. It's like an older version of those chapter kid-power books you read when you were younger.

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The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams

This is for older readers who already like science fiction(they'll appreciate it more.) This is a classic and the narration is dryly hilarious(I need to find some more synonyms for funny.) Absurd situations are mixed with wry narration, and you never really know what's going to happen next. One minute you're sitting drinking tea on Earth the next minute you're about to be tossed out a viewport while listening to poetry and then a blue whale falls on your head.(This actually happens.) If you enjoyed the first book, go on the the rest of them(there are six! The last one is written by...Eoin Colfer! Oh yeah!) but if you didn't like the first one then you should move on, the series isn't for you.


Those are my top recommendations! Most of you are Star Wars fans, so I would recommend some Star Wars novels to round out your summer. Do a long series! NJO or LOTF perhaps. You know what they are!

Now here is MY summer reading list. I'm hoping to avoid rereads.

1. Harry Potter series, JK Rowling. I confess to not having read these. It's a shame, I know. I have the first one already and am looking forward to it!
2. Maximum Ride series, James Patterson. Read the first chapter. It sounds really awesome(and a break into the paranormal genre.)
3. The Chronicles of Prydain, Lloyd Alexander. On Abby's recommendation. i trust her.
4. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins. I normally don't do dystopian but I want to be in the loop when the movie comes out.

And maybe A Series of Unfortunate Events. The narration sounds funny but I really don't like books with sad endings. They depress me. So maybe, if I'm really bored. What's on your list this summer?

Saturday, June 4, 2011

"stars In your multitudes, scarce to be counted, filling the darkness , with order and light..."

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Mom: "They're showing Les Miserables on TV tonight. Broadcasting from Boston."
Me: "Cool! Let's see it."
Mom: "Nick Jonas is Marius. Did you know that?"
Me: "Yup."(from my hoard of celebrity gossip magazines.)
Mom: "Isn't that weird? I pictured Marius as all big and strong and handsome, but Nick Jonas seems so small..."
Me: (rolls eyes) "Mom! When we saw him we were fifty feet up on the balcony.."
Mom: "Yeah, but..."

Oh well. At least he can sing. Didn't he meet his girlfriend on the set, too? idk. The Jonas Brothers are on the out anyway.

I didn't hear any of their music before we saw them perform, so everyone was screaming and I was like: "OOH! White piano! WANT."




lolzorz..

Hi!
Here are some things which I am happy about right now. <3

http://bitter-lemons.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/istock-saturday.jpg
  Enough said.



http://eiris.edublogs.org/files/2011/01/m-ballet-1itwsts.jpg
Yesterday during ballet I realized: "HEY! I can actually do all the stuff reasonably well without falling over."
:D I love ballet.





http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01866/Artemis-Fowl-II_1866747c.jpg
I went to the library and got a cartload of Artemis Fowl books. :) I read The Eternity Code yesterday. I love it! The end is sad though.  I could read Artemis Fowl all day, really I could. <3 <3
 
http://www.uimages.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/summer_sunflowers_192011.jpg

THE END OF SCHOOL!
I wrapped most of my subjects up yesterday. There's still finals week, but pssh, I can take them. And there's only one final a day. School's practically over already.

This post, by my brother. <3 you Jro! <--he's funny.

http://img.nauticexpo.com/images_ne/photo-m2/sailing-dinghy-sail-mainsail-naples-sabot-247383.jpg
Can't wait! <3


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Orlando again???????

http://clubjade.net/?p=28253

http://www.bazaarshops.com/userfiles/image/life-is-crap.gif

Qui lives(or will live) in florida. JC lives in florida. Ashley lives in Florida. CBC lives in Florida. Epcot Jen lives in Florida. Jedigirl1990 lives in florida.

I live in California.
IS SOMETHING WRONG HERE OR WHAT?

This is one of those "why, God, why?" moments.